Like tehina, hummus was brought to Israel by Jews from Arab countries, though today it is everyone's favorite. It tastes best when eaten with fresh, warm pita bread.
Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender, mix until chick-peas are smooth. Refrigerate hummus in a covered container. Serve well-chilled, with chopped parsley on top. If desired, reserve 1/4 cup unmashed chick-peas and sprinkle on top. More garlic may be added, if desired. If pita is not available, crackers or thick slices of French or Italian bread may be used.
- 2 cups canned chick-peas, drained
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 3 tbs. pure tahini paste or 1 cup tehina
- 2 garlic cloves, mashed
- 2-3 tbs.oil
- parsley (for garnish)